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No Contact

No Contact was founded by Columbia MFA writers, in a quarantined Morningside Heights apartment.

Contributors are friends, peers, rivals, freelancers, and amicable strangers — artists getting antsy with too much time indoors.

At No Contact, we strive to put our inside voices on the page, and write what’s integral to our daily experience.

At a careful distance, of course.

General Submissions Free Tip Jar Option

Open

We accept art, fiction, creative non-fiction, humor, poetry, and any fusion therein.


We tend to focus on the insular — subject matter that touches on, and feels relevant to, the experience of interiority. We are trying not to write about COVID-19 or mention it by name, but any experiences under quarantine (or anything else!) is fair game.


Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time, but are hoping to change that soon! In the meantime, we’ll promote your work as much as humanly possible and draw a sweet custom graphic to go along with your piece.


Guidelines

• To get a better feel for what we like, please read our previous issues before submitting.

• We’re looking for exciting work under 1200 words. We understand that you might need to go a little over, but after a certain point, we will have to stop reading.

• Please ONLY send us original, previously unpublished work. Pieces that have appeared on personal blogs will not be considered.

• Please double-space prose submissions and single-space poetry submissions. We appreciate 12 point standard font such as Times New Roman.

• You can submit up to two pieces at once! No more than two, please.

• Upon acceptance, No Contact will acquire First North American Serial Rights to your work(s). This means we will have exclusive rights for thirty days after publication, after which rights revert back to the author. Of course, if your piece goes on to be published somewhere else, we kindly ask that you credit us in the future.

• We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

• International submissions in English are allowed and encouraged.

• We are fortunate to receive many submissions, which means we are fortunate to know what we receive too much of! Please don’t send us: shallow virus tales, day-X-of-isolation-tales, or this-is-my-quarantine-space tales. Complicate the story! Make us deeply, deeply interested.

• We aim to respond to all submissions within 4-5 weeks. We may become overwhelmed at times, but if you haven’t heard from us in significantly longer than 5 weeks, feel free to send us a query!

• If you have any other questions, you can get in touch with us at [email protected]*


Half of all funds raised through our tip jar during September and October will be donated to Jane’s Due Process, which helps young people in Texas navigate parental consent laws and confidential access to birth control and abortion. To learn more about the work they do, visit https://janesdueprocess.org/about/

Summer Poetry Contest

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No Contact is proud to announce its very first poetry contest, judged by Matt Mitchell! One winner will receive $250 and publication in Issue Twenty-Three (August 12). Two finalists will receive $50 and publication in Issue Twenty-Three. The contest is free to enter, and all poems will be considered for publication.

Contest Opens: June 15

Contest Closes: July 26

Guidelines:

  • All poetry submissions must be original and previously unpublished. Yes, this includes social media and blog posts.

  • The contest will be free to enter. No reading fees.

  • You may enter no more than two poems.

  • Each poem should be ninety (90) lines or shorter.

  • Each poem should start on a new page.

  • Please include your name, email address, and the title of your submission in your cover letter. DO NOT include your name on the pages of your submission.

  • Simultaneous submissions are great! Please just withdraw your submission(s) as soon as they’ve been picked up elsewhere.

  • We strongly encourage submissions from trans/fem/nonbinary/gender nonconforming, LGBQ+, disabled, and BIPOC writers.


Sunday Night Lightning Subs

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From 9pm to 11pm EST this evening (Sunday, Aug. 29), No Contact will be reading LIGHTNING SUBS! Isn’t that such a fun name for a pop-up submission window? We like to think so. Send us your work and we’ll respond within 24 hours — probably much sooner!

The theme for tonight’s lightning subs is: anxiety. Yes, that’s right — already feeling anxious? Good! Send us your nail-biting, label-peeling, pit-in-stomach work.


Guidelines:

  • 1200 words or fewer.
  • Cover letters are optional, but we do like to read them.
  • Two pieces per submission, only one submission please
  • Previously unpublished work only.
  • Simultaneous subs are fine, we’ll get to them quickly enough.
  • International submissions in English are allowed and encouraged.


We are also happy to consider halloween submissions for our October issue — these do not have to match our theme (anxiety). We simply ask that you identify your submission as a halloween submission in your cover letter.


Please email mailto:[email protected] if you have any questions, or if you have not heard from us within 24 hours.


Thanks for your interest; we look forwarding to reading!


-The Editors

The Devil in the Details

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For NO CONTACT’s October Issue (Issue Twenty-Five), we are actively reading work for the theme:

The Devil in the Details


Do you have a piece with evil lingering between the lines? An ominous presence, lurking behind the page? Perhaps a sense of absolute darkness, just out of sight. Send it our way — we want all the dread that we can’t put our finger on.


Guidelines

• To get a better feel for what we like, please read our October Issues from last year: Issue Eleven and Issue Twelve.

• We’re looking for scary/horrorific/make-it-your-own work under 1200 words. We understand that you might need to go a little over, but after a certain point, we will have to stop reading.

• Please ONLY send us original, previously unpublished work. Pieces that have appeared on personal blogs will not be considered.

• Please double-space prose submissions and single-space poetry submissions. We appreciate 12 point standard font such as Times New Roman.

• You can submit up to two pieces at once! No more than two, please.

• Upon acceptance, No Contact will acquire First North American Serial Rights to your work(s). This means we will have exclusive rights for thirty days after publication, after which rights revert back to the author. Of course, if your piece goes on to be published somewhere else, we kindly ask that you credit us in the future.

• We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

• International submissions in English are allowed and encouraged.

• We are fortunate to receive many submissions, which means we are fortunate to know what we receive too much of! Please don’t send us: COVID horror tales, Twilight fanfic, or cheap scares. Lean more towards “It Follows” and away from “Saw III”.

• We aim to respond to all submissions within 4-5 weeks. We may become overwhelmed at times, but if you haven’t heard from us in significantly longer than 5 weeks, feel free to send us a query!

• If you have any other questions, you can get in touch with us at [email protected]

Half of all funds raised through our tip jar during September and October will be donated to Jane’s Due Process, which helps young people in Texas navigate parental consent laws and confidential access to birth control and abortion. To learn more about the work they do, visit https://janesdueprocess.org/about/

Tricks and Treats

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We are reading for your best Halloween work! Please send us all things horrific, gothic, dreadful, dark and dreary and particularly spooky. We’ll publish the best of what we find in our two Tricks and Treats Issues this October.

As always, we consider art, fiction, creative non-fiction, humor, poetry, and any fusion therein — so long as the work pays homage to this most ghastly of holidays. Please take a look at our guidelines, and click the link below to submit!

We will be closing Tricks and Treats submissions on October 8.

• We’re looking for spooky and creepy work under 1000 words. We understand that you might need to go a little over, but after a certain point, we will have to stop reading.

• Please ONLY send us original, previously unpublished work. Pieces that have appeared on personal blogs will not be considered.

• Please double-space prose submissions and single-space poetry submissions. We appreciate 12 point standard font such as Times New Roman.

• If you are submitting original artwork or illustrations, please email them to [email protected], and please write this and ONLY this as the email subject line: HALLOWEEN SUBMISSION: [Title of your piece] by [Your Name]. For example: HALLOWEEN SUBMISSION: Picture of D. Gray by Basil Hallward.

• You can submit up to two pieces at once! No more than two, please.

• Upon acceptance, No Contact will acquire First North American Serial Rights to your work(s). This means we will have exclusive rights for thirty days after publication, after which rights revert back to the author. Of course, if your piece goes on to be published somewhere else, we kindly ask that you credit us in the future.

• We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

• We aim to respond to all submissions within 1-2 weeks. We may become overwhelmed at times, but if you haven’t heard from us in significantly longer than 2 weeks, feel free to send us a query!

• If you have any other questions, you can get in touch with us at [email protected]

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